Mid-lake bouncy castle lunch

Not long to go before Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce reach the shores of Lake Taupo in their bouncy castle.

Lunch delivery goes down a treat with Jono and Ben during their Lake Taupo bouncy castle crossing.

'This isn't a damn porno'

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

1 min ago  Band members yelled at women to "take their panties off" on stage at Auckland's Pretty Ricky concert.

Kermit's GF looks like GoT star

Kermit the Frog's new girlfriend Denise.

Hours after Kermit's new girlfriend was revealed to the world, fans say she "looks exactly" like this Game of Thrones star.

Swift slammed for 'racist' clip

Taylor Swift in her latest video Wildest dreams.

Critics have slammed Taylor Swift's new African music video as portraying a stereotyped colonial-era view of Africa.

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Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger split

Canadian singers Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are going separate ways after two years of marriage.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have announced they're going separate ways after two years of marriage.

Why this selfie is a big deal

Rob Kardashian has posted a selfie, and though it contained no nudity, profanity or anything out of the ordinary it was billed as a big deal.

White House addresses Kanye's bid

Jackman 'fine with sexy status'

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N.W.A. film echoes the group's trajectory

Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and O'Shea Jackson Jr. as his real-life father, Ice Cube are the central figures in N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.

REVIEW: Straight Outta Compton is an insider's attempt to to lay out the story of N.W.A.

How good is the Everest movie?

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Ryan Corr and Craig Stott star in the new Aussie drama Holding the Man.

Growing up gay

REVIEW: Holding The Man - a love story done fairly and well

music

'This isn't a damn porno'

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

1 min ago  Band members yelled at women to "take their panties off" on stage at Auckland's Pretty Ricky concert.

Is Lorde recording with Nicki Minaj?

Lorde may have already hit the recording studio to create a duet with the edgy hip-hop star.

Colin's hair

Wig out: truly awful on-screen hair

Actors do some incredible physical work to inhabit a character. Or they can opt for a wig.

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Jono and Ben's bouncy castle lunch

Not long to go before Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce reach the shores of Lake Taupo in their bouncy castle.

Lunch delivery goes down a treat with Jono and Ben during their Lake Taupo bouncy castle crossing.

Jono and Ben set off across Lake

Crossing Lake Taupo on bouncy castle? Jono and Ben have set sail.

Kermit the Frog's new girlfriend Denise.

Kermit's GF 'looks like GoT star'

Hours after Kermit's new girlfriend was revealed to the world, fans say she "looks exactly" like this Game of Thrones star.

books

In short: book reviews

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow.

Short book fiction and non-fiction reviews.

In short: book reviews

Brief fiction and non-fiction reviews.

Blockbuster! by Lucy Sussex.

The Best Books I Never Wrote: Lucy Sussex

Blockbuster author Lucy Sussex reveals her favourite books.

arts

Auckland's unique needle woman

Natalie Iogha, fine art embroiderer.

A 28-year-old Aucklander is bringing a unique twist to needlework.

Beat maker goes old school

Electronic beat maker Cameron Wilkes is set to release some new tunes.

Living statue Kit Stevens spends up to four hours a day not moving.

Statue man's still life

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

stage & theatre

Not many plays as good as this

The White Guitar's story of the Luafutu family, including rapper Scribe is powerful theatre.

REVIEW: The story of rapper Scribe and his family in play The White Guitar is superb theatre.

Statue man's still life

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

Despite some clunky improv, Sam Brooks' Stutterpop is a charming and very different kind of show.

No impediment to talent

REVIEW: Sam Brooks' stutter hasn't stopped him performing in a clever and insightful show.

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